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How To Manage Your Family With An Anxious Child – And No Magic Wand

In this video we look at how to change your household’s strategies to manage your anxious child when your whole family is being affected.

As the parent of an anxious child, you’re probably very familiar with this scenario.

Picture this…


There’s a Mum who has an anxious child and she’s struggling with knowing how to help them.

She’s feeling utterly exhausted and stuck because she’s tried everything she can think of to support her child.

What she wants is something that actually works and will make a real difference.

A difference not only for her child, but for everyone in the household as the whole family is being affected.

If this sounds too familiar, please know that there is a solution.

Watch this to-the-point video below now to learn the 3-step strategy to help bring harmony back into your home:

Hello, it's Sue Stevenson here.

Today I want to talk to you about how you can change the strategy that's going on in your household right now.

So… your child's super anxious and you don't know how to help them. You desperately wish you could ease their pain and you'd like nothing more than to wave a magic wand and just make this problem go away for your child. And for your whole family, because you're all suffering from the effects of your child's anxiety right now.

You've tried the soft approach and the hard approach and everything in between.

But absolutely nothing is working. Nothing is changing. And I'm sure you've heard that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over, hoping for a different result, right?

So it’s time to try something different.

Here are three things you can do to change what's going on in your household.

Firstly, let go of magical thinking.

Now what do I mean by this?

Well, magical thinking is hoping and wishing that things will just change.

Now, this is a fear mind trap that we can quickly slip into when things aren't going well or when we feel really stuck.

You see, when your child's very young, they can afford to be a magical thinker because they have no big problems or responsibilities. And it's important for us to go through the magical thinking stage in childhood so that we get to learn how to think creatively and solve problems as we take on increased responsibilities when we get older.

It's also helpful for us to imagine and plan for our future.

But if you really want to change things in your household, you, as the adult, must let go of magical thinking… simply hoping and wishing that things are going to get better.

Secondly, accept what you can and can't control

You see, you can't control the way your child thinks, feels and behaves unless you are coming from a place of fear and control and dictatorship. Parenting from a place of fear and control is the old traditional paradigm of parenting which increases further fear and anxiety. And quite honestly, it needs to be eradicated.

So rather than be a controlling parent, if you genuinely want to parent your child with total love and compassion, all you can control is how you respond to your child.

Remember that your child notices everything that you do. So I encourage you to be the example you need to be for your child by responding as calmly as possible. This way tension and emotions don't escalate.

Your child can learn a lot about how to handle their own anxiety and stress by observing how you respond in stressful situations.

Thirdly, start working on yourself first

Even though you have a very stressed and anxious child who's really pushing your buttons – and trust me, I know first hand how this feels as a parent – this problem is not just about your child.

You see, you simply can't effectively help your child unless you know how to resourcefully handle stress and anxiety yourself.

You can't teach your child any new skill or strategy unless you can do it for yourself, which is why I predominantly work with parents.

See, I believe the most influential person in your child's life is YOU. And because of that, if you want to see change in your household, you need to lead that change.

This isn't just about your child, this is about you, too. And when talking to people, I often ask them to point their finger because they're often talking about the problem out there, but the reality of it is that when you point out there, three fingers are pointing back towards you.

Make Real Changes

So to sum up, if you want to really start changing things in your household, you need to firstly let go of magical thinking and stop simply wishing and hoping that things are magically going to change.

And then secondly, accept what you can and can't control by controlling how you respond to your child rather than trying to control the way they think, feel and behave.

Then thirdly, start working on yourself first because your child needs you to lead the change. It’s so important that you don't forget this.

Thank you for watching and reading. I trust this video and post have been helpful.

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How To Manage Your Family With An Anxious Child – And No Magic Wand

In this video we look at how to change your household’s strategies to manage your anxious child when your whole family is being affected.

As the parent of an anxious child, you’re probably very familiar with this scenario.

Picture this…


There’s a Mum who has an anxious child and she’s struggling with knowing how to help them.

She’s feeling utterly exhausted and stuck because she’s tried everything she can think of to support her child.

What she wants is something that actually works and will make a real difference.

A difference not only for her child, but for everyone in the household as the whole family is being affected.

If this sounds too familiar, please know that there is a solution.

Watch this to-the-point video below now to learn the 3-step strategy to help bring harmony back into your home:

Hello, it's Sue Stevenson here.

Today I want to talk to you about how you can change the strategy that's going on in your household right now.

So… your child's super anxious and you don't know how to help them. You desperately wish you could ease their pain and you'd like nothing more than to wave a magic wand and just make this problem go away for your child. And for your whole family, because you're all suffering from the effects of your child's anxiety right now.

You've tried the soft approach and the hard approach and everything in between.

But absolutely nothing is working. Nothing is changing. And I'm sure you've heard that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over, hoping for a different result, right?

So it’s time to try something different.

Here are three things you can do to change what's going on in your household.

Firstly, let go of magical thinking.

Now what do I mean by this?

Well, magical thinking is hoping and wishing that things will just change.

Now, this is a fear mind trap that we can quickly slip into when things aren't going well or when we feel really stuck.

You see, when your child's very young, they can afford to be a magical thinker because they have no big problems or responsibilities. And it's important for us to go through the magical thinking stage in childhood so that we get to learn how to think creatively and solve problems as we take on increased responsibilities when we get older.

It's also helpful for us to imagine and plan for our future.

But if you really want to change things in your household, you, as the adult, must let go of magical thinking… simply hoping and wishing that things are going to get better.

Secondly, accept what you can and can't control

You see, you can't control the way your child thinks, feels and behaves unless you are coming from a place of fear and control and dictatorship. Parenting from a place of fear and control is the old traditional paradigm of parenting which increases further fear and anxiety. And quite honestly, it needs to be eradicated.

So rather than be a controlling parent, if you genuinely want to parent your child with total love and compassion, all you can control is how you respond to your child.

Remember that your child notices everything that you do. So I encourage you to be the example you need to be for your child by responding as calmly as possible. This way tension and emotions don't escalate.

Your child can learn a lot about how to handle their own anxiety and stress by observing how you respond in stressful situations.

Thirdly, start working on yourself first

Even though you have a very stressed and anxious child who's really pushing your buttons – and trust me, I know first hand how this feels as a parent – this problem is not just about your child.

You see, you simply can't effectively help your child unless you know how to resourcefully handle stress and anxiety yourself.

You can't teach your child any new skill or strategy unless you can do it for yourself, which is why I predominantly work with parents.

See, I believe the most influential person in your child's life is YOU. And because of that, if you want to see change in your household, you need to lead that change.

This isn't just about your child, this is about you, too. And when talking to people, I often ask them to point their finger because they're often talking about the problem out there, but the reality of it is that when you point out there, three fingers are pointing back towards you.

Make Real Changes

So to sum up, if you want to really start changing things in your household, you need to firstly let go of magical thinking and stop simply wishing and hoping that things are magically going to change.

And then secondly, accept what you can and can't control by controlling how you respond to your child rather than trying to control the way they think, feel and behave.

Then thirdly, start working on yourself first because your child needs you to lead the change. It’s so important that you don't forget this.

Thank you for watching and reading. I trust this video and post have been helpful.

See other posts like this one:

Sunday, April 14, 2024

Do Time Outs Really Work?

Are time outs truly effective in teaching children valuable lessons, or do they inadvertently hinder kids’ learning and emotional growth? Many parents and educators rely on time outs as a disciplinary tool, but does this method work for our kids? Join me as we explore time outs' effectiveness and discover alternative approaches that prioritise empathy and understanding.

Sunday, March 24, 2024

Discover How 3 Easy Steps Can Help Your Anxious Child Thrive

In the realm of children's anxiety, the concept of contagion takes on a profound significance. Children often catch anxiety from their environment, absorbing fears and uncertainties from parents, peers, and the world around them.

Sunday, March 03, 2024

A Mother's Journey from Heartache to Healing

Do you want to have more joy in your family? Today, I'm opening up about something very personal, something I've never shared quite like this before. I'm going to share a lesson that not only comes from our weekly parenting classes but also from my own journey.

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